The Jon Egging Trust
Who are we? The Jon Egging Trust’s Blue Skies programme connects young people who are underachieving in school with inspirational individuals and resources linked to aviation. A catalyst for change, the charity works in partnership with the RAF to support vulnerable young people to reach their potential.
In 2013 the Jon Egging Trust successfully launched its Blue Skies programme in Norfolk working with RAF Marham. Fifteen students aged 13-14 from Downham Market experienced a series of ‘inspiration’ days with IX (B) Squadron and completed a three month Work Skills qualification taking part in a programme of communication, teambuilding and presentation skills sessions. These activities were led by a range of station personnel including the Mobile Team Challenge, the Weapon Loading Training Cell, Police Dog Section, the Chaplaincy Centre, the Orienteering Team, the Tornado Maintenance School and Force Development Team. The programme culminated in a graduation session when the group gave a formal presentation to 50 invited guests about what they had achieved and their hopes for the Trust and other Blue Skies young people.
One young person aged 14 said of the programme: “My confidence has been built and I’ve got to know a lot more people. The programme has given me communication skills and I now have an interview to be Head Girl which I might have liked to do before, but I feel braver for it now.”
Another student commented: “It has made me feel confident speaking in front of a group of people. It makes me want to inspire other people to reach their goals like I have”. This year Blue Skies is expanding to support 120 young people across the UK working with 14 military stations in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Dorset, North Wales as well as Norfolk.
How the Trust Raises Money
The Trust receives no government funding and currently relies on donations from the public. The support has been great so far but the Trust continues to need your help. Each Blue Skies programme costs approximately £4,500 to run. A donation of just £30 would cover the costs of one young person’s day on the programme. To date RAF personnel have helped us to raise this money by running marathons, organising Coast to Coast sponsored bike rides as well as putting on station-based events. If you have a fundraising idea and would like more information on ways you can support the Trust please contact our Fundraising Manager Rachael Hewitt: 07885 911187 or Rachael@joneggingtrust.org.uk.
Freelance Blue Skies Youth
In 2014 30 students will have the once in a life time opportunity to take part in Blue Skies at RAF Marham. As well as a brand new group of Level 1 students, the graduates from 2013 will progress onto our Level 2 initiative focusing on leadership.
Can You Help?
The Jon Egging Trust is looking for a highly motivated individual with youth work or teaching experience and preferably a connection to the military, who is passionate about supporting young people, to oversee the running of Blue Skies at RAF Marham (approximately 30 days paid work in term time from March until July). To find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Dr Emma Egging at: firstname.lastname@example.org.